Year of composition
Scored for
for ensemble
Georg Friedrich Haas
Instrumentation details

clarinet in Bb (+cl(A)
bass cl(Bb))
bassoon (+cbsn)
double bass

Commissioned by

This work was commissioned by Carnegie Hall for The Academy – a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. The World Premiere was given by Ensemble ACJW at Arthur Zankel Music Center, Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York on February 14, 2014 and repeated at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York City on February 28, 2014.


World Premiere

Location: New York / USA
Date: 14.02.2014
Orchestra: Ensemble ACJW
venue: Arthur Zankel Music Center

Work introduction

In Anachronism, associations with minimal music are a key element – even though “the time structure and compositional processes are far removed from the historical reference points” (Georg Friedrich Haas). In an interview with the New York Times, Haas recalled old newspapers in which photographs were essentially a rough pattern of individual dots. Anachronism takes a similar approach. Haas’ harmonic world is projected in the grain of a “relentlessly pulsating 11/8 time signature”.

Ensembles that have played this work

Klangforum Wien
Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik
ensemble oktopus
Ensemble ACJW